Abutilon graveolens (Roxb. ex Hornem.) Wight & Arn.
Abutilon heterotrichum Hochst. ex Mattei
Abutilon hirtum (Lam.) G. Don
Abutilon hirtum (Lam.) Jacob Cord.
Abutilon indicum (L.) Don
Abutilon kotschyi Hochst. ex Webb
Abutilon lugardii Hochr. & Schinz
Napaea incurva Moench
Sida hirta Lam.
Sida pilosa L'Hér.
Abutilon hirtum is a perennial plant with stems that are more or less woody and persist. It grows up to 2.5 metres tall[
]. The stem, leaf-stalks and flower-stalks are sticky, velvety and hairy[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of fibre, medicines and food. It is sometimes grown for its ornamental value[
Drier regions of tropical Africa, through Arabia, eastern Mediterranean, and Asia to Indonesia. Naturalized in tropical America.
Woodland, bushland, savannahs, overgrazed grassland, roadsides, hedges and fences, often near rivers and other moist locations, and sometimes on termite nests; at elevations from sea level to 1,800 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of the drier tropics, usually found in areas with a distinct dry season, at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
The plant is often found in riverine silty soils in the wild, but more commonly on the more alkaline types of soil[
Fruits - raw,[
]. Probably eaten when immature, when it has a mucilaginous texture[
The plant (part not specified) is used to ease childbirth and to expel the placenta[
]. The plant is used as a poultice to ease the pain of kidney gravel and is often mixed with glutinous rice and applied to ulcers[
The roots are antipyretic and also used in the treatment of coughs and toothache[
The leaves or flowers are applied to abscesses[
The plant is a host for okra mosaic virus (Ohm)[
A fibre is obtained from the stem bark. It is used for making string, cordage and cloth[
]. The fibre is long, fine, soft and strong[
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